Data

Millions of fingerprints leaked in latest high-profile data breach

A “huge data breach” in security platform BioStar 2 has been uncovered, revealing the personal information of millions Researchers at vpnMentor, a blog covering web privacy, recently discovered the data breach, which compromised the private information of millions of people.  Headed by “ethical hackers” Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, the...

Facebook pays contractors to transcribe users’ audio chats

Credit: SN1 Digital Facebook has claimed that it has paid external human contractors to listen to recordings of users without their knowledge. The social network is no stranger to privacy scandals. Facebook was infamously embroiled in a scandal with Cambridge Analytica in which the data of 87 million users was...

Taking cues from anthropology to cultivate data culture

Credit: Information Age How can companies adopt a data-driven culture? James Eiloart, Senior Vice President of EMEA, Tableau Software, explains how to harness the power of data. Believe it or not, one-third of people aged between 18 and 24 are either confirmed “flat-earthers” or aren’t exactly sure what to believe....

Instagram bans ad supplier Hyp3r for data collection

Instagram has banned Hyp3r from delivering ads to its platform, according to an investigation by Business Insider The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app sent a cease-and-desist letter to San Francisco based geosocial marketing company Hyp3r, ending their working relationship. Hyp3r provided location-based marketing to Instagram, but have come under fire from Facebook...

Capital One: Hackers steal 100 million Americans’ data

Credit: BBC A hacker who obtained the names, addresses, phone numbers and birth dates of Capital One customers in the US and Canada has been arrested by the FBI. Over 100 million Americans have had data stolen by a hacker who obtained credit scores, balances and Social Security numbers of...

IoT malware attacks are up 55%, according to SonicWall

Credit: SonicWall IoT malware attacks are up 55%, according to SonicWall's Cyber Threat report, which collects data from over a million security sensors in over 200 countries. Security concerns in the IoT world are a constant thorn in the side of exciting innovation. Cyberattacks have the potential to gut an...

Retailers must adopt new technologies to survive

As we approach an increasingly digital world UK retailers must keep up or fall behind the competition. Their willingness and speed to adapt are fundamental to their success. Amongst slimming profit margins, climbing business rates, increased competition and Brexit bewilderment, UK retailers find themselves in an increasingly difficult position. However,...

Data: the worst breaches and how to stop them

With the proliferation of organisations relying on the storage and use of vast amounts of customer data, we’ve never been more at risk of having our details bared to the world.  Big data is amassing at an astonishing rate. In just a minute in the US, 188 billion emails and...

Will AI start a revolution in cloud and data storage?

Credit: Information Age AI requires data: lots of data. The way we store that data in future may change, as cloud and edge computing develops. What does the future for AI data storage? It's perhaps fitting that a nebulous, hazy term like “the cloud” doesn't have a definitive date of...

This is how social networks use your data

Those free social networks you use are not entirely free. You’re paying for them, just not with money. Data is the currency, and they’re collecting a lot of it. There are now almost 3.5 billion active social media users in the world. This figure accounts for 45% of the population....